Exclusive: Three heavyweights are now left in the race to deliver a new £300m tower in central London.
CN understands Lendlease, Mace and Sir Robert McAlpine are the three firms left battling it out for the contract to build the 50-storey tower at 6-8 Bishopsgate.
The new tower in the City of London is being developed by Mitsubishi Estate London in partnership with Stanhope, the scheme’s development manager.
Mitsubishi Estate is Japan’s largest developer and is responsible for some of the country’s tallest buildings, including Tokyo’s Marunouchi skyscraper.
It is also working on plans for Japan’s tallest building: a 390 m tower near Tokyo’s main station.
In July 2015 Mitsubishi Estates secured planning permission from the City of London Corporation for a 40-storey mixed-use tower.
However, it revised the plans and secured permission for an additional 10 storeys last October.
The 71,510 sq m building will have a public viewing gallery on the 50th floor and shops and restaurants at ground level.
Lendlease has worked on two previous schemes involving Mitsubishi Estate.
In September 2016 it signed the £103m contract to build a 12-storey office in Hammersmith for Mitsubishi and LGIM Real Assets. The company also delivered Mitsubishi’s £65m 8 Finsbury Circus development, which was also project managed by Stanhope.
The company is also the contractor on the City’s £400m 40 Leadenhall scheme, known as Gotham City.
Sir Robert McAlpine’s latest major contracts include the construction of Jersey’s £466m hospital in St Helier, and the £500m revamp of Woking town centre.
CN has contacted Lendlease, Mace, Sir Robert McAlpine and Stanhope for comment.